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Cairn on Haw Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Conistone with Kilnsey, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.0888 / 54°5'19"N

Longitude: -2.038 / 2°2'16"W

OS Eastings: 397614.234213

OS Northings: 465880.497218

OS Grid: SD976658

Mapcode National: GBR GP65.L0

Mapcode Global: WHB6N.NHR8

Entry Name: Cairn on Haw Hill

Scheduled Date: 7 March 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014352

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27933

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Conistone with Kilnsey

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire


The monument includes a cairn situated in a prominent position on the
summit of Haw Hill overlooking Wharfedale. It is slightly oval measuring 7.5m
east to west by 7m north to south. The centre of the cairn has been disturbed
and the eastern edge largely removed. The cairn stands to a height of 0.5m on
the undisturbed west side. A modern stone cairn has been built on the western
edge of the cairn.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Round cairns are prehistoric funerary monuments dating to the Bronze Age
(c.2000-700 BC). They were constructed as stone mounds covering single or
multiple burials. These burials may be placed within the mound in stone-lined
compartments called cists. In some cases the cairn was surrounded by a ditch.
Often occupying prominent locations, cairns are a major visual element in the
modern landscape. They are a relatively common feature of the uplands and are
the stone equivalent of the earthen round barrows of the lowlands. Their
considerable variation in form and longevity as a monument type provide
important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisation
amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of
their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered
worthy of protection.

Although the cairn has been partly disturbed, much of it survives intact
and in a prominent position. It will therefore retain further archaeological

Source: Historic England

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